Genesis 16

Sarai and Hagar

1 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, a had borne him no children. And she had b an Egyptian maidservant whose name was c Hagar. 2 d So Sarai said to Abram, "See now, the LORD e has restrained me from bearing children. Please, f go in to my maid; perhaps I shall 1 obtain children by her." And Abram g heeded the voice of Sarai. 3 Then Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife, after Abram h had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan. 4 So he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress became i despised in her 2 eyes. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, 3 "My wrong be upon you! I gave my maid into your embrace; and when she saw that she had conceived, I became despised in her eyes. j The LORD judge between you and me." 6 k So Abram said to Sarai, "Indeed your maid is in your hand; do to her as you please." And when Sarai dealt harshly with her, l she fled from her presence.

7 Now the m Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, n by the spring on the way to o Shur. 8 And He said, "Hagar, Sarai's maid, where have you come from, and where are you going?" She said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai." 9 The Angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and p submit yourself under her hand." 10 Then the Angel of the LORD said to her, q "I will multiply your descendants exceedingly, so that they shall not be counted for multitude."

11 And the Angel of the LORD said to her:
Behold, you are with child,
r And you shall bear a son.
You shall call his name 4 Ishmael,
Because the LORD has heard your affliction.
12 s He shall be a wild man;
His hand shall be against every man,
And every man's hand against him.
t And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren."

13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are- 5 the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, "Have I also here 6 seen Him u who sees me?" 14 Therefore the well was called v Beer La-hai' Roi; 7 observe, it is w between Kadesh and Bered.

15 So x Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 11:30
    But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
    Genesis 15:2
    But Abram said, "Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?
    Genesis 15:3
    Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 12:16
    He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
    Genesis 21:9
    And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scoffing.
  3. Cross References
    Galatians 4:24
    Which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar -
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 30:3
    So she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.
  5. Cross References
    Genesis 20:18
    For the LORD had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 30:3
    So she said, "Here is my maid Bilhah; go in to her, and she will bear a child on my knees, that I also may have children by her.
    Genesis 30:9
    When Leah saw that she had stopped bearing, she took Zilpah her maid and gave her to Jacob as wife.
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 3:17
    Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
  8. Cross References
    Genesis 12:4
    So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
    Genesis 12:5
    Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan.
  9. Cross References
    1 Samuel 1:6
    And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her miserable, because the LORD had closed her womb.
    1 Samuel 1:7
    So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.
    Proverbs 30:21
    For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up:
    Proverbs 30:23
    A hateful woman when she is married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.
  10. Cross References
    Genesis 31:53
    The God of Abraham, the God of Nahor, and the God of their father judge between us." And Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac.
    Exodus 5:21
    And they said to them, "Let the LORD look on you and judge, because you have made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hand to kill us.
  11. Cross References
    1 Peter 3:7
    Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.
  12. Cross References
    Genesis 16:9
    The Angel of the LORD said to her, "Return to your mistress, and submit yourself under her hand.
    Exodus 2:15
    When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian; and he sat down by a well.
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 21:17
    And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, "What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.
    Genesis 21:18
    "Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation."
    Genesis 22:11
    But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am.
    Genesis 22:15
    Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven.
    Genesis 31:11
    "Then the Angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, 'Jacob.' And I said, 'Here I am.'
  14. Cross References
    Genesis 20:1
    And Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar.
    Genesis 25:18
    (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 15:22
    So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.
  16. Cross References
    Titus 2:9
    Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back.
  17. Cross References
    Genesis 17:20
    And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation.
  18. Cross References
    Luke 1:13
    But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
    Luke 1:31
    And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
  19. Cross References
    Genesis 21:20
    So God was with the lad; and he grew and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
    Job 24:5
    Indeed, like wild donkeys in the desert, They go out to their work, searching for food. The wilderness yields food for them and for their children.
    Job 39:5 - 8
    Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager.
  20. Cross References
    Genesis 25:18
    (They dwelt from Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt as you go toward Assyria.) He died in the presence of all his brethren.
  21. Cross References
    Genesis 31:42
    "Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night."
  22. Cross References
    Genesis 24:62
    Now Isaac came from the way of Beer La-hai' Roi, for he dwelt in the South.
  23. Cross References
    Genesis 14:7
    Then they turned back and came to En Mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and attacked all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites who dwelt in Hazezon Tamar.
    Numbers 13:26
    Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.
  24. Cross References
    Galatians 4:22
    For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman.
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